ERTL was my favourite, back when it was still going. They just had so many different models, it was fantastic. That's the trouble with Hornby and Bachmann, they're very detailed and accurate, but you can't really get all the characters that you'd like. But with ERTL, it's possible to use just about every character that ever appeared in the stories! But when I was little, I always wished that ERTL had the siderods. Now I can see why they didn't, but back then, that was my big goal in life, to have Thomas models with moving siderods. Being able to move by themselves is also always a big plus, so Bachmann's my fave now. They seem to be the most accurate out of all of them, in my opinion.
I've always been the ERTL fan, as they're what I grew up with. I've practically completed the entire range as well, except for a few limited edition models.
After they discontinued, I thought about Take-A-Long, but these seem aimed at younger children, so I've gone after Tomica instead - and have managed to collect all avalible enginesfrom this set as well. Just a matter of being able to build a layout for them all really.....
Post by FlyingScotsman on Dec 4, 2005 11:48:42 GMT
I went for Ertl, because their range was the most comprehensive and, overall, the most accurate. They were the first range to produce Railway Series-only characters, some of which (Sixteen, Bluebell, Jock, Godred, Lord Harry, Isabel) have never been produced in any other range.
Definately ERTL; I don't know what it was about them but when I was young everyone I knew had them (and most had about 8 Thomas' and 11 Percy's) and I have so many memories of seeing the entire range (which was about a total of 12 back then) in shop windows and Beaties Toy Shop. There was something really magical about getting a new one, especially when it was Gordon and Henry; to me anyway. I also liked the way that you could run them down the beach into the sea, drop them in a pool of mud, lose them in your garden for a year, throw them onto the roof, ram them into brick walls... and they'd always be alright and a valuable part of your collection.
TheGreenBeetle: Probably not a good comparison
Jun 16, 2021 16:34:08 GMT
Sleeper Agent: But it does answer the apparently eternal question If you specified 'chicken egg' then it's the chicken as only it can lay a chicken egg and if the egg belongs to the newborn it's the chick's egg (and this could of become a cockerel ).
Jun 16, 2021 22:53:53 GMT
Nicholas: According to the latest theories, the egg came first containing the first chicken, it being a mutation taking place in a zygote from two proto-chickens around 58,000 years ago, themselves having evolved through thousands of years from theropods.
Jun 16, 2021 23:49:41 GMT
Nicholas: And, to come full circle, City of Truro was the first steam engine to reach a reported speed of 100mph, but Flying Scotsman was the first steam engine to reach an officially confirmed speed of 100mph.
Jun 16, 2021 23:52:21 GMT
PercyFan1998: Flying Scotsman was first gang. But I respect the idea of Truro being the possible first but I have my doubts.
Jun 16, 2021 23:59:53 GMT
Madness: I think the answer to that was mentioned on a show called 'Q.I'.
Jun 17, 2021 0:08:09 GMT
Kyle: Currently working on a little project. Can't say much, other than: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Jun 17, 2021 11:20:33 GMT
Gondarth: I keep looking for a release date for All Engines Go. I don't care about the reboot as it is, but I would laugh if it premiered on the day of my wedding (October 16th)
Jun 19, 2021 22:28:02 GMT
aspiegurl: October 2021's all I know, so it might be your wedding day
Jun 19, 2021 22:50:36 GMT
The Thomas Cynic: You could have a live screening party!
Jun 20, 2021 5:46:15 GMT
Gondarth: I would laugh if it is on the same day, but my wedding is on a Saturday, and that seems like a weird day to start airing a new show on Netflix, so I'm not holding my breath. You never know though...
Jun 20, 2021 11:40:04 GMT
TheGreenBeetle: For Father's Day today, I remembered when he was fond of Duke when I was a kid. So I shared him the video The True Stories & History Of Duke: The History Of TTTE to learn more on Duke. Special thanks to TrainBoy
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